Oakland rejects embattled crematory | Inside Bay Area

Published On June 1, 2012 | By Rob Arias | Commentary, News & Commentary

In a faceless building, ironically next to the AgeSong senior community, is Neptune Society’s Apollo Crematorium. A business that has existed in Emeryville since the early 1980’s and is one of the busiest factory’s of its kind in the state cremating up to 3,000 people per year. As the character of the Park Avenue district has shifted from warehouses and factories to a more residential and retail neighborhood, efforts have been made to steer Apollo to a more industrial area of the the east bay. Already rejected by Richmond in 2006, now East Oakland has turned a cold shoulder to the embattled crematorium and residents are rallying to prevent them from setting up shop in their neighborhood. Apparently the process of burning bodies emits mercury from dental fillings and the risk of it contributing to the occurrence of diseases like Asthma has rallied citizens to prevent them from opening shop. Oakland City Council member Larry Reid has requested an emergency ordinance to block the project and the council is requiring Neptune to get additional approvals from Oakland’s planning commission to move forward. It looks like the battle has just begun. | Inside Bay Area »

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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